DONT TELL NOOBODY COMES FLYING LATE TO WIN JIM THORPE STAKES, HIS SECOND STAKES WIN OF THE REMINGTON PARK SEASON
Dont Tell Noobody won his second stakes race of the Remington Park meet Friday night, taking the $70,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes. The race at one mile was for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds.
The gelded son of Cyber Secret, out of the Cactus Ridge mare Yucca, also won the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup on Oct. 16 here. This would have been his fourth win in a row at Remington this meet, except for losing by a neck last time out to Catdaddy on Nov. 24 in an allowance-optional $25,000 claiming race.
Jockey Sophie Doyle has been aboard Dont Tell Noobody for all-time winningest owner in Remington Park history, Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla., in all six starts this meet. Federico Villafranco is the trainer. That owner-trainer combination also won this race in 2013 with Big Sugarush. This is the first win in the Jim Thorpe for Doyle.
Doyle utilized a favorite move with Dont Tell Noobody, dropping back to next-to-last down the backstretch, then pouncing down the lane to win. Dont Tell Noobody actually fell back to dead last after three-quarters of a mile. By the time they reached the turn for home, he had rallied extremely wide around the field to gain second, only a half-length back of Mesa Moon. That’s when Doyle powered to the front with Dont Tell Noobody, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of a closing Great Faces in the one-mile race over a fast track.
Southgate set the early pace before fading. He hit the opening quarter-mile in :24.78 and the half-mile in :48.90. Okie Standard actually moved briefly to the lead and reached three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.48. The seven-furlong time was 1:26.47 and the final time for the mile was 1:39.50.
The winner was sent off at 3-2 odds, but was not the wagering favorite. That status went to Mesa Moon (6-5), who ran third, another four lengths behind the runner-up. The remaining order of finish was Willy Special Cats (4th), Okie Standard (5th) Fly To The Bank (6th) and Southgate last.
Dont Tell Noobody paid $5 to win, $3 to place, and $2.10 to show. He earned $42,000 for the win and now has 13 starts, five wins, one second and one third for $192,180 in lifetime earnings. Dont Tell Noobody has won three-of-five starts in Oklahoma City for $173,086. He was bred in Oklahoma by Al Horton, who owned one of the greatest horses of all-time at Remington Park in Silver Goblin.
The Jim Thorpe is named after the native Oklahoman and Olympic gold-medalist who was considered the greatest athlete of the 20th century.
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